※ Note: RIHN’s ability to host Invited Scholars depends on the circumstances with COVID-19.
The RIHN Invited Scholar Program enables overseas researchers to spend between one and three months at RIHN and to contribute to the development of the Institute’s intellectual foundations and strategic directions. Invited Scholars are selected based on nomination by RIHN faculty members who act as their host.
The period of stay ranges from one month up to three months, within the fiscal year 2021 (June 1, 2021-March 31, 2022).
Invited Scholars are expected to contribute to the development of the Institute’s intellectual foundations and strategic directions. This can be done in many ways, including lectures, seminars, collaborative research, participation in RIHN events and providing concrete feedback and advice.
Invited Scholars are also expected to:
Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification/experience, and concurrently be employed in an overseas research institute as home institution. The program is open to researchers based outside of Japan (including those with Japanese nationality) and researchers based in Japan with a nationality other than Japanese. Candidates are nominated by RIHN faculty members and selected competitively.
A stipend is paid monthly according to the regulations of RIHN ranging from 381,000 to 670,000 JPY. 20.42% of income tax will be deducted from the salary according to the Japanese law.
If you meet certain requirements for working period or age, you are required to join social insurance (including health insurance, long-term care insurance, pension insurance) and employment insurance. These insurance fees will be around 15% (including 0.3% of employment insurance) of your salary. If you are from countries that have concluded a social security agreement with Japan, you will be exempt from this by submitting after your arrival in Japan the required document which you obtain in your country before traveling to Japan.
In principle, RIHN strongly recommends you that you take out travel insurance etc. at your home country before you come to Japan.
Travel expenses for one round trip economy-class ticket between home institution and RIHN are reimbursed.
The RIHN House, located on the Institute premises, is available for accommodation at the Invited Scholar’s expense
Invited Scholars are treated as faculty members employed by the National Institutes for Humanities (NIHU). A discretionary labor system* is applied for working hours.
Invited Scholars are entitled to a paid vacation from 2 days up to 20 days according to the length of stay.
Invited Scholars are selected competitively following nomination by RIHN faculty.
*For the nomination form, please contact International Affairs Subsection () by faculty members at RIHN.
Selection of Invited Scholars takes place during the months of November to December. The International Affairs Subsection will notify the result of selection to every applicant by end of March 2021. Please note that selection of candidates is competitive and subject to budget availability as well as the situation of spread of COVID-19. RIHN cannot respond to inquiries about the method of selection and details of the selection process.
|September - November 2020||Nomination
Host completes the nomination forms. Forms and related guidelines are available to RIHN faculty.
|Friday, November 6, 2020||Deadline for nominations
Documents must be sent by e-mail from the host researcher to the International Affairs Subsection
() at RIHN, no later than this date.
|November, 2020||Notification of receipt of recommendations will be sent to every nominating host by email.|
|November -December, 2020||Review and selection
RIHN examines the nomination documents and selects the Invited Scholars at the selection meeting.
|March, 2021||Official Notification
The International Affairs Subsection will notify the selected Invited Scholars of the result with an invitation letter after the 2021 budget confirmation. RIHN cannot respond to inquiries about the selection until notification.
|From March, 2021||Selected Invited Scholars will receive detailed information about the relevant procedures from the International Affairs Subsection.
(Arrangements for coming to Japan start around three months before arrival.)
|From June, 2021||Invited Scholars come to Japan to start their research.|
International Affairs Subsection, Planning and Collaboration Section, Administrative Office RIHNEmail：